In the honeymoon stage

A few weeks ago, I took a Railsbridge class to learn Rails. I was placed in a small group with others with CS backgrounds looking to learn a new language. The group was pretty amazing. All of us were aggressive and hardcore about learning a new skill. So aggressive, that we sort of conned our teacher into skipping over the planned curriculum in favor of just building something useful. And a startup was born.

Brainstorming features for our startup after ditching the curriculum

Since the class, we’ve been consistent in meeting together 2x week and pairing on the off days. Normally, someone from our group (5 total) is meeting up with another on a daily basis. We also have a 24 hour skype im session in which we are all active. I’m extremely amazed at each person’s dedication to our new startup. I believe our commitment and openness to spend huge quantities of time together has enabled us to bond faster and build a better foundation.

Michael, our teacher, now cofounder/mentor at our pairing/dinner/karaoke night

I often hear how hard it is to find the right co-founder(s). And even harder for co-founders to commit at equal effort levels. I must admit that I got lucky and I’m completely in love with my co-founders. I know we’re still in the honeymoon stage. But even if we breakup, this will be the best fling I ever had.

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3 thoughts on “In the honeymoon stage

  1. Sounds very exciting. But what does one do when they have what they believe to be a good idea and cannot code. I have been spending time hammering out the idea and designing it in photoshop so that at some point I can explain share it. Shared with a friend who just received his first round of capital and he loved it as well as his advisors (who he’s was not supposed to share it with) but now what??

    1. Good question. I think there are a couple of answers. 1)You can start looking for a technical partner that can code it for you and/or 2) you can learn how to code. Depending on the complexity of the project you may not be able to code the entire platform, but you can start building a prototype. Plus, I think its good practice to learn a little code anyway. So when you do find a technical partner, you can understand a bit of the technical discussions. One way to find a technical partner is to attend Startup Weekend or hackathons. At these events, you can pitch your idea, and in your pitch state that you are looking for a technical partner. Then during the event, you and your partner can flesh out the product, and possibly have a good prototype by the end of the event. You can check http://www.startupweekend.org to see the next time startup weekend will be in your town.

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About Hadiyah

Software Engineer and Startup Aficionado. I co-founded software agency, Playpen Labs, and Black Founders nonprofit. I teach women how to code at Hackbright Academy.